The Coolheads fundraising campaign has been recognised by the Maroondah City Council in its Australia Day Awards.

Coolheads Aust Day“Coolheads has been awarded the Maroondah City Council 'Community Event of the Year' Award,” explains Carolyn Schuwalow, Eastern Health Foundation, pictured centre with fellow Coolheads fundraising committee members.

“This Award recognises an outstanding contribution made by an individual or group to the Maroondah community” Carolyn says.

Driven by Ringwood East & Heathmont Community Bank Branches, Bendigo Bank, and endorsed by Eastern Health, the Coolheads campaign has been generously supported by local businesses and the wider community.

“It is because of the generous support from so many members of our local community that Eastern Health breast cancer patients will have the chance to keep their hair whilst undergoing chemotherapy, free of charge. Congratulations to everyone involved!” Carolyn says.


The Coolheads fundraising campaign has been raising funds to implement a scalp cooling service at Maroondah Hospital since October 2016.

Scalp cooling technology prevents hair loss by restricting the blood flow to hair follicles during chemotherapy sessions whilst patients wear a ‘cold cap’.

“So far, the campaign has raised the funds for one machine,” says Carolyn. “This will enable the service to be implemented in the new few months,” she explains.

The campaign will continue to raise funds for a second scalp cooling machine.

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